Richmond Public Library

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Richmond Public Library
Richmond Public Library Logo.jpg
Established 1975
Branches 5
Items collected books, e-books, music, cds, periodicals, maps, genealogical archives, business directories, local history, movies, TV shows
Size 497,419 (2010)
Access and use
Circulation 4,498,624 (2010)
Population served 186,628 population[1]
Other information
Budget CA $9,899,535 (2013) [2]
Director Greg Buss
Staff 138

Richmond Public Library (RPL) is a public library that serves Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. The library has four branches in the city: Brighouse (Main), Steveston, Ironwood, and Cambie. RPL also offers weekly outreach service to the Hamilton neighbourhood.

The library has won numerous awards, including the John Cotton Dana Public Relations Award[3] in 2008 for its "Ralphy" library card for kids.


The Richmond Public Libraries offer a variety of services, such as:

  • Books, DVDs, music CDs, video games in a variety of languages for children and adults
  • Computer and Internet Workstations (MSWindows, Web browsing, MSOffice, Basic accessory application-programs)
  • More than 5000 movies and TV shows
  • A silent study room and reading area
  • iPads for kids (at Brighouse Branch), reservation needed
  • Various programs for children and adults, including storytimes, ESL conversation circles, cultural festivals and presentations on a wide variety of topics.

The Launchpad[edit]

The Launchpad, which was established earlier in 2014, is a new feature in the Brighouse (main) branch. 3D printers, digital creation stations and scanners are provided. Library users have the opportunity to order small toys which cost two dollars. The toys will be made fresh using the three 3D printers available. Some of the selections are: Humanoids, tanks, and dinosaur key chains. Members who order will get a ticket, which they will give to the library information desk at the booked time.[4]


  1. ^ BC Stats: 2007 Municipal Population Estimates Retrieved on 1 June 2009
  2. ^ 2013 Annual Report Retrieved 6 September 2014
  3. ^ hwwilson: [1] Retrieved on 4 January 2009
  4. ^ 2013 Annual Report Retrieved on 6 September 2014

Coordinates: 49°09′50″N 123°08′28″W / 49.1639°N 123.1412°W / 49.1639; -123.1412 (Richmond Public Library)